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Thieves strike San Angelo's Salvation Army twice

Two separate thefts have occurred, affecting the nonprofit's ability to serve the public during the holidays.
Credit: Fox West Texas

SAN ANGELO, Texas — The Salvation Army in San Angelo issued a statement Wednesday saying it has fallen victim to two separate thefts in the past few days.

Over the weekend, thieves stole two catalytic converters from the nonprofit's Family Store truck while it was parked in the Village Shopping Center.

"This is a critical week for The Salvation Army Christmas programs, particularly the Angel Tree Program as all gifts have to be returned by Saturday the 12th so they can be prepared for distribution and the truck is needed to pick many of the Corporate sponsored Angels up. Thankfully the manager at U- Haul stepped up without hesitation and provided The Salvation Army a vehicle for the week while the Salvation Army Thrift Store gets their truck repaired," the statement read.

Tuesday, someone stole the counter kettle at Roosters on Pulliam Street allowed the Salvation Army to place at its location to raise funds for its Christmas campaign.

"This is a difficult year already because of COVID with donations lagging behind a typical year, but The Salvation Army is determined to meet the need and rescue Christmas for the families that registered for assistance," the statement read.